German President Joachim Gauck on Wednesday had a private meeting with a group of young Nigerian writers and authors at the Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Abuja.


He spoke on establishing closer business and publishing ties between German and Nigerian writers, and commended his guests for their “independence of thought”

He asked them to remain independent and proffer solutions to societal problems through their writings.

Gauck sought a nexus between literature, writing and society and how they can help in changing perceptions and reforming society.


The writers included Emma Shercliff, Elnathan John, Richard Ali, Safiya Ismailayero, Ukamaka Olisakwe and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.

PHOTOS: Yunusa Abdullahi
German President Joachim Gauck arrives the venue of the meeting
Writers exchange greetings with the German team before the meeting
The curator and proprietor of Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Jeff Ajueshi, takes the German president through contemporary arts at the gallery
The president takes a tour of the works of renowned Nigeria artists at the gallery
The three female writers in the team (L-R): Emma Shercliff, Ukamaka Olisakwe and Safiya ismailayero
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Elnathan John and Richard Ali
Ajueshi (in green) presents the work of Bruce Onobrokpeya, Images of Nigeria, to the German president
The table is set…
The team from the German embassy led by Kornelia Bitzer-Zenner compare notes
The team gets the table ready



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